Cubs Decline 2015 Option on RHP Kyuji Fujikawa

The Cubs announced Thursday the team would not be picking up the 2015 club option for $5.5 million on RHP Kyuji Fujikawa. The Cubs paid the $500,000 buyout on the option that was included in the two-year, $9.5 million contract Fujikawa signed in December 2012. With the Cubs declining his option, Kyuji Fujikawa becomes a […]

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The Daily CCO: Let the Off-Season Begin and Other Cubs News and Notes

The 2014 baseball season came to an end Wednesday night with a tremendous seventh game of The World Series. Madison Bumgarner picked up a five-inning save after shutting the Royals down in relief of Jeremy Affeldt. The Giants won its third championship in five seasons and became the first road team to win a seventh […]

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Cubs Outright Josh Vitters, Chris Valaika, Ryan Kalish to Iowa, James McDonald Elects Free Agency

The Cubs announced four roster moves Wednesday and created three spots on the 40-man roster. OF/INF Josh Vitters, INF/OF Chris Valaika and OF Ryan Kalish were outrighted to Iowa after clearing waivers. RHP James McDonald, who spent the season on the 60-day DL and did not count against the 40-man roster, elected free agency. OF […]

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The Cubs Front Office Has an Off-Season Wish List

This off-season the front office would like to begin adding players from outside of the organization to the existing young roster in order to help take the Cubs to the next level. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have stated publicly the Cubs will not alter The Plan and sellout to win in 2015, but it […]

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The Platoon Advantage and Other Cubs News on the Eve of Opening Day

The front office has constructed a balanced roster for Rick Renteria to start the season. The Cubs will begin the year with six left-handed bats, six right-handed bats and a switch hitter. And look for Renteria to mix and match his lineup often this season. Jed Hoyer addressed the platoon advantage on Saturday morning during […]

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Cubs Place Arrieta and Fujikawa on 15-Day DL, McDonald on 60-Day DL

The Cubs made the procedural moves Sunday in order to finalize the Opening Day roster and the first 40-man roster of the season. Jake Arrieta was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 21 with right shoulder tightness. Instead of starting Kyuji Fujikawa on the 60-day DL to start the season, Fujikawa was placed […]

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Cubs Name Carlos Villanueva Fifth Starter, Chris Rusin Optioned to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have decided to start the season with Carlos Villanueva in the rotation. Villanueva will slot in behind Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Jason Hammel and Travis Wood. Villanueva’s first start will be on April 6 against the Phillies. Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and will begin his season […]

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Cubs Release Ryan Roberts, Reassign Chris Coghlan to Minor League Camp

The Cubs officially trimmed their spring roster to 30 players on Thursday after reassigning Chris Coghlan to minor league camp and releasing Ryan Roberts. The Cubs set the position player side of the Opening Day roster when Mike Olt and Ryan Kalish were told they made the team. Chris Coghlan and Ryan Roberts were informed […]

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The Roster, The Rumors and Cubs News and Notes

Officially, the Cubs have 34 players on their Spring Training roster, but only 31 of those players are healthy and one has not played in a big league game since March 2. The deadline to unconditionally release players with non-guaranteed contracts and pay only a quarter of their salary is Wednesday at 1:00pm CDT. So, […]

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Blue Jays Reportedly Still Talking to the Cubs about Jeff Samardzija

According to a report from Bruce Levine, at least 15 scouts were on hand to watch Jeff Samardzija face the Mariners on Thursday afternoon at Cubs Park. Levine reported during the broadcast on Cubs.com with Mick Gillispie that the Blue Jays are pushing hard for Samardzija. The Blue Jays had three scouts at Thursday’s game […]

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